Miroslav Klose is a German footballer who was born in Poland and is widely considered as one of the best goal scorers to ever play the game at the top level. He owns several goal scoring records that have been unbroken for a long time. Klose was born in Poland but moved to Germany with his family when he was a youngster, and despite the fact that he had the opportunity to play for Poland, he picked Germany. Klose began his career as a member of a minor club’s development system before advancing to FC Kaiserslautern, where he spent five successful years before joining Werder Bremen. He eventually went on to play for Bayern Munich, Germany’s top club. He demonstrated goal-scoring talent throughout his club career, which he carried over to the German national team. He has been particularly successful at World Cups, scoring 16 goals in four games and becoming the tournament’s top goal scorer. In addition, he holds the record for the most goals scored by a German national team player, with 71 goals, beating German great Gerd Muller’s mark.
Childhood and Adolescence
Miroslav Josef Klose was born on June 9, 1978, in Opole, Poland, to Josef and Barbara Jez. Josef’s father was a professional footballer who played for the club Odra Opole, while his mother was a handball player who represented Poland at the national level.
Miroslav Klose came to Germany with his family when he was eight years old. He showed an early interest in football and soon joined the SG Blaubach-Palatinate, a team in Germany’s 7th division.
He continued to play football and train as a carpenter throughout his childhood, but his life changed in 1998 when he was recruited by FC Homburg. He joined FC Kaiserslautern a year later.
Miroslav Klose made his Bundesliga debut for Kaiserslautern in 2000, scoring 16 times for the club the following season to become one of the league’s most prolific goal scorers. He made his debut for the German national team a year after his Bundesliga debut, and the following year he scored 5 goals in the World Cup for Germany, finishing as the joint top scorer.
He joined Werder Bremen in 2004 after five years with Kaiserslautern, where he scored 44 goals in 120 games. In the same year, Klose represented Germany at the European Championships, although he was not completely fit and was unable to score any goals as the national side was eliminated in the group stages.
He scored five goals at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, helping the youthful side reach the tournament’s semi-finals. After three seasons at Werder Bremen and 50 goals, he departed the club the next year to join Bayern Munich, Germany’s top club. At the end of his debut season, he helped the team win the league title and the DFB Pokal competition.
He was the driving force behind Germany’s offence at the 2008 European Championships, scoring two goals to help the team finish second. He scored four goals in the World Cup two years later in South Africa, when Germany reached the semi-finals. He won the German Super Cup with Bayern Munich in the same year, but departed the club the following year after scoring 24 league goals for Lazio in Italy. He is still with Lazio, where he has 48 goals in 125 league appearances.
He was picked to play for the German national team at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014, and at the age of 36, he scored two goals to become the tournament’s all-time leading goal scorer. He also became Germany’s all-time leading goal scorer, with 69 goals to Gerd Muller’s 68. He announced that the World Cup would be his final international event, and when Germany won the World Cup, he retired from international football.
Achievements & Awards
In 2006, Miroslav Klose won the German Player of the Year award.
He holds the record for most goals scored in a FIFA World Cup.
He is the first footballer to win four or more FIFA World Cup medals in a row.
Klose is the only player in FIFA World Cup history to have featured in four or more (consecutive) semi-finals.
He also holds the record for the most goals scored via headers in a single FIFA World Cup edition.
Personal History and Legacy
In 2004, Miroslav Klose married Sylvia Klose, with whom he had twin boys. Luah and Noah are the names of the two sons.